For most of us, a wedding day is something to look forward to. To plan and prepare. Or something to look back with fond memories of a choice once made. SEE ALSO: 10 countries where gender equality is closer to reality For millions of young girls and boys around the world, however, marriage is not a choice. It interrupts their childhood, forcing them into perilous cycles that are all too often impossible to break free from. Many young women have risked everything to have the right to choose for themselves. And some managed to escape. Now they’re sharing their empowering stories with women all around the world. The stories were presented in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), which is raising awareness about child marriage around Valentine’s Day – a celebration of love and our right to choose. Respect her choice Abura Bena, or Abu, (her real name has been altered for safety concerns) from Uganda, continues to bear marks on her body for refusing to marry a man her father and brothers had chosen for her. They had traded Abura Bena for cows. She was 15 at the time. She said that in Karamoja, an eastern district… Read full this story
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